The difference one caring person can make
CASAs in Josephine County are giving our most vulnerable children the opportunity to thrive. The results are measurable.
A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home.
- More likely to be adopted (8, 9, 10, 11, 14)
- Half as likely to reenter foster care (8, 11, 14)
- Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care 14
- More likely to have a plan for permanency, especially children of color 17
Children with a CASA get more help while in the system.
- More services are ordered for the children (1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14)
Children with a CASA spend less time in foster care.
- A report found that children without CASA involvement are spending an average of more than eight months longer in care, compared to children having CASA involvement.15
Children with a CASA are less likely to be bounced from home to home.
- CASA volunteers improve representation of children 18
- Reduce the time needed by lawyers 12
- Are more likely than paid lawyers to file written reports (3, 4, 5)
- For each of nine duties, judges rated CASA volunteers more highly than attorneys 12
- Highly effective in having their recommendations adopted by the court 1
Children with a CASA do better in school.
- More likely to pass all courses
- Less likely to have poor conduct in school
- Less likely to be expelled
Children with a CASA score better on these nine protective factors:
- Neighborhood resources
- Interested adults
- Sense of acceptance
- Controls against deviant behavior
- Models of conventional behavior
- Positive attitude towards the future
- Valuing achievement
- Ability to work with others
- Ability to work out conflicts
When I say that CASA saves lives, I mean that literally. Ethan would have been living on the streets, or growing up to repeat the cycle of violence and abuse. Instead he is a kid who has hope.”
— Terrie Sandlin, CASA Volunteer
- Caliber Associates, National CASA Association Evaluation Project, Caliber Associates; Fairfax, Virginia, 2004.
- Donald D. Duquette and Sarah H. Ramsey, “Using Lay Volunteers to Represent Children in Child Protection Court Proceedings” (Appendix C). Child Abuse and Neglect 10(3): p. 293-308, 1986.
- Sherrie S. Aitken, Larry Condelli, and Tom Kelly, Final Report of the Validation and Effectiveness Study of Legal Representation Through Guardian Ad Litem. Report submitted to the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, by CSR, Inc.: Washington, DC, 1993.
- Karen C. Snyder, John D. Downing, and Jill A. Jacobson, A Report to the Ohio Children’s Foundation on the Effectiveness of the CASA Program of Franklin County. The Strategy Team: Columbus, OH, 1996.
- Victoria Weisz and Nghi Thai, “The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program: Bringing information to Child Abuse and Neglect Cases,” Child Maltreatment 8(X), 2003.
- Larry Condelli, National Evaluation of the Impact of Guardians Ad Litem in Child Abuse and Neglect Judicial Proceedings. Report submitted to the National Center of Child Abuse and Neglect for the Administration of Children, Youth and Families by CSR, Inc.: Washington, DC, 1988.
- Litzelfelner, “The Effectiveness of CASAs in Achieving Positive Outcomes for Children,” Child Welfare 79(2): p. 179-193, 2000.
- John Poertner and Allan Press, “Who Best Represents the Interests of the Child in Court?” Child Welfare 69(6): p. 537-549, 1990.
- Gene C. Siegel, et al., Arizona CASA effectiveness study. Report to the Arizona Supreme Courts, Administrative Office of the Courts, Dependent Children’s Services Division, by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, 2001.
- Susan M. Profilet, et al., Guardian ad Litem Project. Child Advocates Inc., 1999.
- Michael Powell and Vernon Speshock, Arizona Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program, Internal Assessment, 1996.
- Ohio CASA/GAL Study Committee Report.
- University of Houston and Child Advocates, Inc., Making a Difference in the Lives of Abused and Neglected Children: Research on the Effectiveness of a Court Appointed Special Advocate Program.
- Office of the Inspector General, Audit Report 07-04, December, 2006.
- Cynthia A. Calkins, M.S., and Murray Millar, Ph.D., “The Effectiveness of Court Appointed Special Advocates to Assist in Permanency Planning,” Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, volume 16, number 1, February 1999.
- Patrick Leung. “Is the Court-Appointed Special Advocate Program Effective? A Longitudinal Analysis of Time Involvement and Case Outcomes,” Child Welfare 75(3), p. 269-284, 1996.
- Shareen Abramson, “Use of Court-Appointed Advocates to Assist in Permanency Planning for Minority Children,” Child Welfare 70(4): p. 477-487, 1991.
- Davin Youngclarke, Kathleen Dyer Ramos, and Lorraine Granger-Merkle, “A Systematic Review of the Impact of Court Appointed Special Advocates” Journal of the Center for Families, Children and the Courts, 2004.